Eleven MMI students selected to attend Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week
(Freeland, PA – June 25, 2019) – Eleven MMI Preparatory School students received a scholarship to attend Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week (PFEW), which will be held later this summer on the campuses of Lycoming College or Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport. Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week is a weeklong economic education program that offers students an inside look at the private enterprise system and the way the free market functions.
Morgan Allen, Julie Amentler, Kimberly Amentler, Louis DeAngelo, Natalie Graham, Morgan Hosier, Katherine Lewandowski, Ryan McNelis, Hiba Muhammad, Samantha Sparich, and Ella Urosevich will attend the program across one of the four weeks between July 7 and August 10.
Pennsylvania teachers and counselors recommend the candidates who are then reviewed by the PFEW staff. Admission is based on motivation to learn that is demonstrated through essays submitted by the applicants. Those accepted are awarded scholarships, which cover all program costs, excluding a nominal registration fee and transportation to and from Williamsport. When students arrive for their one-week session in July or August, they are housed on the campus in dormitories where they experience a taste of college life.
During the week, students form companies that compete against other student companies for the equivalent of three years using a college level simulation. Business volunteers serve as Company Advisors who mentor the students as they face many of the same decisions real executives confront every day. The companies compete against each other in the areas of management skill, return on net assets, a marketing and advertising campaign, and a presentation to stockholders. Company Advisors do not make decisions for their team but suggest available options and share their own experiences and challenges. Scholarship winners learn the value of teamwork, communication, cooperation, and leadership.
Dozens of world-class speakers present seminars and discussions covering topics like the relationships of business with labor, government, and consumers. The students also hear talks about business ethics, management and leadership skills, the economic system future, the global marketplace, money and banking, business operations, careers in business, marketable skills, and much more.
Totally funded, taught, and staffed by the Pennsylvania business community, PFEW is supported by eight manufacturer’s associations, more than 100 chambers of commerce, and more than 800 companies. Now in its 40th year of operation, PFEW’s governing body is the Foundation for Free Enterprise Education, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information about PFEW, please contact the Foundation at (814) 833-9576 or visit www.pfew.org.
About MMI Preparatory School
For 140 years, MMI Preparatory School has been providing dedicated area students with a comprehensive and inspiring 6th through 12th grade college preparatory program that maximizes each individual’s academic, social, and character potential in preparation for success in college and beyond. The school is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS). MMI is a school where every student can reach their full potential: academically, ethically, and socially. For more information about MMI Preparatory School, visit www.mmiprep.org or call 570-636-1108.
About Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week
Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week (PFEW) is a one-of-a-kind summer program that offers in-coming high school juniors and seniors a unique and challenging opportunity to see what it is like to run their own business. Participants will make up an “imaginary” management team where they will learn first-hand about the Free Enterprise System. Their task – turn their failing company into a financial success! They will develop their own marketing strategies, design a website and in essence, make all of the decisions that are demanded of real life company executives. All work and no fun–NO WAY! PFEW provides students with a chance like no other – to experience what it is like to live on a college campus.